A Special Needs Assistant specializing in children with learning disabilities may also be known as a Therapeutic Nanny. Their primary function is to tend to the needs of children who may need a little extra assistance in a variety of areas. A Therapeutic Nanny may also serve as a liaison between the child or children’s school and the parents. Nannies providing care to children with learning disabilities may have a wide variety of duties depending on her charges particular special needs.
We are able to aid in the placement of a Special Needs Assistant or Therapeutic Nanny with certifications that may include, but are not limited to, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), CPR, First Aid certification, a degree in special education, social work, psychology or child and family development.
While responsibilities are to be determined by you and your Therapeutic Nanny or Special Needs Assistant, they often include some combination of the following:
- Providing hands-on recreational activities
- Assisting with meal preparation
- Assisting with a variety of household chores
- Transporting children to various activities and provide on-going support
- Transporting children to doctor’s and other therapy appointments
- General caregiving that can include bathing and feeding
- Administering medications
- Helping with school work
- Running errands
- Organize schedules coordinating with other household members
- Ascertaining the cause of any behavior problems and devise a solution to resolve them
- Carrying out special requests as needed